For the first time, five judges will be joining us this season on The X Factor UK. Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams, and Ayda Williams will be working the panel during auditions. However, once we hit live shows, Robbie Williams will depart for tour and Sharon Osbourne will be filling his shoes! Learn a little bit more about the panel here before the season premiere this Fall on AXS TV!
Simon Cowell is, amongst other things, a record company executive, a television and film producer…and a global TV star. Renowned for his sharp eye for talent and candid opinions, Simon Cowell has completely transformed popular culture in the 21st century, through his TV and music interests.
Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment, is a world-renowned music, film, and television production company responsible for some of the most successful global music and television franchises.
Syco’s television assets include the two international TV phenomenon formats: Got Talent and The X Factor. This year, Syco Music was named the No.1 A&R label in the UK, for both singles and albums. To date, Cowell has worked with artists who have sold more than 350 million records.
For his charitable work, Cowell has been awarded Variety International’s Humanitarian Award.
After making his first appearance on The X Factor UK in 2010 as a member of One Direction, Louis Tomlinson has gone on to record five albums, sell over 50 million records worldwide, and win several awards with the iconic boy-band. Since then, the group has gone on hiatus, but Tomlinson made his debut as a solo artist with multiple chart-topping singles.
He also made his return to The X Factor UK in 2015, as a guest mentor at Simon Cowell’s judges’ house. Now, Tomlinson is making his position on the judging panel a bit more permanent. He’ll be joining Cowell once again, this time as a judge for the entire season.
Renowned for her straight-talking, Sharon Osbourne was one of the original X Factor judges, appearing on the panel from 2004 to 2007 and then again in 2013. Of course, Sharon also has more than 30 years experience in the music industry, managing some of the biggest bands in rock.
This season, Mrs. O will only be joining the judging panel during the live shows.
Robbie Williams has already graced The X Factor UK as both Sharon’s guest mentor AND as a guest performer during live shows. This season, the beloved pop icon, 18-time Brit Awards winner, Guinness World Record holder, and best-selling British solo artist in the UK will be joining the judging panel for the entirety of auditions.
Once we hit live shows, Williams will leaving The X Factor UK to go on tour, but the lovely Mrs. Sharon Osbourne will be filling his shoes for the rest of the season.
This season we will be joined by one fresh face, actress and wife to Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams. Williams has made appearances on the American soap opera, Days of Our Lives and on sketch comedy show, Blue Collar TV. Since 2016, she’s worked as panelist on the UK chat show, Loose Women.
Now, Ayda will be making her debut in the music industry and will sit alongside her husband as a member of season 15’s judging panel.
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